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HUDACO House - National Union of Mineworkers Head Quarters
Johannesburg, Gauteng

Date:1934
Type:Offices
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
26°12'30.89" S 28°02'32.77" E Alt: 1760m

Built in 1934 for Hubert Davies and Company (HUDACO) which imported, manufactured and installed engineering equipment and machinery for industry and the mines throughout Southern Africa. Founded in 1894 by J Hubert Davies a consulting engineer from Scotland who had come to the Rand in1889, the company's first big projects were the electrification of various mines.

The strong vertical lines of the building build up to the dramatically sculpted corner tower with the simple straight lines of the beamed entrance to an Egyptian temple. This structure accommodates the lift motor rooms.

Text provided by the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, 2021.

(William Martinson, August 2021)

Transcription of Blue Plaque:

JOHANNESBURG CITY HERITAGE

NATIONAL UNION OF
MINEWORKERS

Formerly HUDACO HOUSE

Black mineworkers were involved in gold mining in
Johannesburg from 1886, but were excluded from the white
miners' union for many years. It was only in December 1982
that the National Union of Mineworkers was formed. In 1995
this site became the NUM headquarters. The building was
constructed in 1934 for Hubert Davies and Company which
imported, manufactured and installed engineering equipment
and machinery for industry and the mines throughout
Southern Africa. Founded in 1894 by J Hubert Davies,
a consulting engineer from Scotland who had come to
the Rand in 1889, the company's first big
projects were the electrification of
various mines.

(Source: The Heritage Portal)